Explore the presentation of Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Shakespeare's Richard III:

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Explore the presentation of Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Shakespeare’s Richard III:

In this assignment I am going to discuss the presentation of Richard Duke of Gloucester. I will also loom at the relationships Richard holds with various characters and the audience.

In the play Richard III, Shakespeare uses many different techniques and structure in order to have a direct effect on the audience. From the very first scene this comes into action. The opening scene has Richard enter the stage and begin the whole play with an opening soliloquy, enabling the audience to become acquainted with Richards’s character and behaviour. This is a very powerful tool as it influences how we feel about Richard right from the very start and plays a significant in showing the relationship Richard wants with the audience. We know from the title of the play that Richard is the dominant character, we allow ourselves to be taken in by him. We later on learn that Richard is a very charismatic character, and because of his charm and his enigmatic behaviour we find ourselves captivated by him and for much of the play we can sympathise with him.

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         “And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady’s chamber” when he says this (if you are reading the text) I found that it came across as if he was being quite resentful and irritated by this fact.

This intrigues the imagination to think of possible reasons as to why he may feel like this, he then goes onto say: “nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamped, and want love’s majesty…… deformed, unfinished, ...

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